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and there's war weariness in america but what it's level of responsibility that the united states feels should any of these things go south, in terms of what we've tried to create in terms of stable governments? >> i think what you saw in the debates that was governor romney and president obama both understand the american people are sick and tired of these wars. they are sorry they ever heard of the place called the middle east. they just want out. and so the question is how do you, to the degree you can, shape the environment after you get out? and i think that's what all of this talk about 2014 in afghanistan is, to focus the minds of afghan leaders. we are not going to be around. and i actually think iraq has gone better than i expected. so, who knows. afghanistan might too. i'm actually though in the long run, more pessimistic about afghanistan than i am about iraq. >> start by why do you think iraq has gone better than expected and then michael will talk about where you think there's gaps in this path's approach to t. >> i thought that iraq would unravel after the americans left.
by our allies. i think the tension between israel and the united states was very unfortunate. i think also pulling our missile defense program out of poland and the way we did was also unfortunate in terms of, if you will, disrupting the relationship in some ways that existed between us. and then, of course, with regards to standing for our principles, when the students took to the streets in tehran and the people there protested, the green revolution occurred for the president to be silent, i thought, was an enormous mistake. we have to stand for our principles, stand for our allies, stand for a strong military and stand for a stronger economy. >> mr. president. >> america remains the one indispensable nation. and the world needs a strong america, and it is stronger now than when i came into office. because we ended the war in iraq, we were able to refocus our attention on not only the terrorist threat but also beginning a transition process in afghanistan. it also allowed us to refocus on alliances and relationships that had been neglected for a decade. and governor romney, our alli
handling of the 9/11 attack in libya? >> when the vice president of the united states directly contradicts the testimony, sworn testimony, of state department officials, american citizens have a right to know just what's going on. and we're going to find out. >> we cover it all this morning with our own debate. joining the conversation, virginia's republican governor bob mcdonnell. former democratic governor of michigan jennifer granholm. atlanta's democratic mayor kasim reed. republican strategist alex castellanos. and nbc's tom brokaw. >>> and later, politics, satire, and lots of laughs. i go one-on-one with stephen colbert. in character -- >> i don't really watch the news so much. i come in around 6:30 and i just say the opposite of whatever rachel maddow says the night before. and comedy just helps an idea go down. that's all. and it just makes you listen for a minute. >>> from nbc news in washington, "meet the press" with david gregory. >>> good sunday morning. it is a critical time in the race for the white house now. over the next eight days, think about it, we'll see the final two
personal claim. >>> and the most affordable cities to live in the united states. cities to live in the united states. is yours one of them? captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. i'm lynn berry. after the third debate between president obama and republican nominee mitt romney, there are just 14 days left before american voters choose their next president. according to a cbs news instant polls on uncommitted voters, president obama was a clear two to one victor with 53% saying he won. governor romney got 23%. 24% called it a tie. a cnn orc national poll called it closer with 48% saying obama won while 40% picked obama. for more we go to nbc's steve handlesman who's in florida for us. steve, good morning. >> reporter: hi, lynn. thanks. good morning from boca raton, florida. the debate here last night was clearly the most combative so far. though surprising to some, not on the issue of libya. mitt romney was able to make his larger point, his claim that america is weaker now overseas than it was four years ago. mitt romney and barack obama came to their thi
, there were back-channel talks between the united states and iran about talking about getting together. not yet agreed to by the ayatollah for iran, or from the united states, but the agreement of the diplomatic issues are a good thing, you may hear more rhetoric on benghazi and libya, and both candidates will talk about china quite a bit. china's impact on ohio, they're all looking towards voters in ohio, the battleground states. >> andrea mitchell, we don't have you home for long, given your world travel and view of the world right now, what is the most urgent and pressing issue that could come up tonight? well, i think the afghanistan troops, tens of thousands, that is very important. but the most pressing issue right now seems to be syria, the united states can no longer ignore that situation, a huge hole that is sucking in other country hiss huge hole, so far 30,000 people hole, so far 30,000 people killed in syria, and it is clear that that conflict is a regional war with other countries becoming involved. the bombing in beirut, many believe that syria was involved. and today, in
. nobody wants to talk about it. how many people commit suicide in the united states each year? >> last year, 38,000 people who committed suicide. it's a large number. what's larger is it's estimated 1 million people every year in the united states attempt suicide. >> how do those rates compare to other countries? >> they are about the same as in australia and canada. but, it's actually lower than in countries like russia, japan and korea. in russia, the suicide rate is five times what it is here in the united states. >> is there a reason for the differences? is there anything going on in those countries that make people more suicidal than here in the united states? >> i think economic issues related and cultural aspects. certain sultures, it's not as unacceptable to make a suicide attempt. there's religion that has something to play. some of the arab countries, the suicide rates are lower than the united states. >> how do the rates vary based on age and gender in. >> men are much more likely to successfully complete a suicide. the suicide rate for men is four times that of women. women
.s. officials say iran has agreed to nuclear talks. the united states and iran have agreed in principle for the first time to one-on-one negotiations over iran's nuclear program, according to obama administration officials, setting the stage for what could be a last-ditch diplomat effort to avoid a military strike on iran. it's been suggested that the talks wait until after the presidential election. but a senior administration official said telling their american counterparts they want to know with whom they would be negotiating. what is your reaction to this? >> well, my reaction is the white house has denied it, so i don't think there's much more to talk about. they denied that. obviously, war is always the last option. no one wants a war. we would hope this could get solved in another way. i think the military option has to be on the table, and both candidates have said that. and i think there is also concern. and i'm not talking about this story but just in general that iran has often used negotiations in the past to buy themselves time. but the white house is denying that story th
in the united states. >> and what government should do to help people, particularly in a distressed economy, what the limits of that are before you start infringing on personal freedom. >> that's exactly right. this is a huge, huge question that informs almost every aspect of the nation's history and every decade has an example of it, but we've got to go back and find the balance, i think, in the discussion and history is a good ally, we do not see government as all bad and do not see it as all good. in that tension and balance has been the most spectacular history our government has been a force for good from the emancipation pro clamation and land grant college and homestead act and trans continental railroad and minimum wage and social security and gi bill, interstate highway, man on the moon. this is not a bad track record for something painted as one of the villains of all times. you don't want to give that government a cart blanche, you want to center this activity. that's what we've lost sight of. and the media is responsible too because we like the fight. we like the blood, if it bl
of the united states, barack obama. >> president obama was a guest on "the tonight show" with jay leno last night. >> what's this thing with trump and you? it's like me and letterman. what has he got against you? >> this all dates back to when we were growing up together in kenya. >> the president has made several other late night talk show appearances in recent weeks. he was on the daily show with jon stewart just last week. >>> mitt romney will spend all of today in ohio. he'll take a bus tour across the state with stops in cincinnati, worthington and defiance. it is quite a contrast from yesterday. the republican presidential touching down in all four time zones in the continental united states. he had rallies in nevada, colorado, and iowa before ending day in cincinnati. >> you can boil what he's saying down to four simple words, and that is more of the same. we don't want more of the same. we can't afford four more years like the last four years. that's why we -- paul ryan and i have a plan with five simple steps. these steps are going to get america's economy just cooking again. >> pa
. >> the united states military has begun strikes. >> reporter: at first -- >> one, two, three -- >> reporter: the -- the war had momentum. and a clear purpose. al qaeda with bases in afghanistan attacked the united states on 9/11. just three months later, the u.s. drove the taliban from power. al qaeda and osama bin laden were on the run. it was done with a few hundred cia officers, special forces, and air power. a quick victory. but not decisive. and then came the distraction of a new war, in iraq. the taliban regrouped, and the u.s. began a nation-building project that has been far less successful. the government washington helped put in place is widely considered corrupt. president karzai is supposed to be out by 2015. but afghans don't believe it. the war has brought some benefits to afghans. 3 million girls now go to school. that was banned under the taliban. better health care and new clinics have boosted life expectancies by as much as 22 years. but those gains could be temporary. if the villagers in shakar dhara and the afghan government can't hold the country together, the taliban w
collapse on the links today that sent the twitter world on fire. the united states headed into today's final round of the ryder cup with a four-point lead but poor play combined with a european rally spelled disaster for the americans. it was an exciting final day no matter what side you were rooting for. but tps are it was heart break for the united states. they defeat the united states 4 1/2 to 13 1/2. this has only happened once, this kind of come back, back in 1999 and then the u.s. was victorious. >>> nascar up in dover, delaware, for the triple aaa 400. he would go on to win in dover. >>> one more break to wrap things up on game on overtime. stay with us. >>> welcome back. here's your care first injury report. redskins safety brandon merriwether having mri on his knee. wizards john wall out eight weeks with a knee injury. he said it's been bothering him for a little while. that will do it for game on overtime tonight. i will be live from nats park tomorrow, monday, to see if they can finally clinch the division. thanks for staying up with us. i'm kristen berset. have a great ni
, and that means we change our tax code to give incentis to companies investing in the united states and can creating jobs here. it means we help them and small businesses to export all around the world to new markets. number two, we've got to make sure that we have the best education system in the world, and the fact you're going to college is great, but i want everybody to get a great education. we worked hard to make sure student loans are available for folks like you. i want it to nmake sure that th community colleges are offering slots for workers retrained for jobs right now and the jobs of the future. number three, we have to control our own energy. not only oil and natural gas, which we've been investing in, but also we have to make sure we're building the energy source of the future. not just thinking about next year but ten years from now, 20 years from now. that's why we invest in solar and wind and biofuels. energy efficient cars. we have to reduce our deficit, but in a balanced way. asking the wealthy to pay more along with cuts to invest in education like yours. let's take the
two years as governor were his first two years as president of the united states. and time after time he and his administration came whether it was the recovery act when he came here just a month after he was sworn in to ft. myers, fl r florida, helping our teachers, our police officers, our firefighters make sure that we stabilize the economy that is starting to come up now. that's the good news. again, less than a year later we had a massive oil spill,s as everyone knows in the gulf of mexico. yet again, president obama was here helping the sunshine state. helping florida. this is a guy who has really reached across the aisle, was truly bipartisan, wanted to help people because we were in a time of need. >> you know, governor, i talked to a lot of voters in my time here and many who voted for president obama last night time, and they expressed some hesitation, some disappointment, they're looking around. you know, the economy is starting to come back but unemployment is still higher here than the national average, in the epicenter of the foreclosure crisis. why shouldn't people loo
the united states. so he would have used this as an option but he was just critical of obama for publicly speaking about it. he said we should keep our options quiet. >> reporter: fact check also found the president going too far on the topic of residual force of u.s. troops in iraq. >> you and i agreed that there should have been a status of forces agreement. you didn't want a status of force agreement? >> what i would not have done is left 10,000 troops in iraq that would tie us down. that certainly would not help us in the middle east. >> romney is right here. because both obama and romney did want to leave troops in iraq. it is just a matter of how many. obama wanted to keep 3,000 to 4,000 in there for the transitional period. and romney wanted to leave anywhere between 10,000 and 30,000. so it is a matter of numbers. >> reporter: next, governor romney's point about the size of our navy's fleet back fires. >> our navy is smaller now any time since 1917. >> you mentioned the navy, for example. that we have fewer ship than we did in 1916. well, governor, we also have fewer horses and ba
with new ideas and energy. and they saw the president of the united states sleep walking. >> mike, i don't think -- >> let me finish. the tired contrast rang a bell. romney has ideas, and the president has no vision for his second term. and i think that's what hurt him. >> mike, i don't doubt this was someone they had never seen before. i think there were people in the romney campaign who had never seen this candidate. a week ago paul ryan was asked to explain the math of a $4.8 trillion tax cut. and he said i don't have time. mitt romney said we just don't do math. like math doesn't exist. let me finish. you simply cannot wish away the existence of your entire campaign platform. as inconvenient as it may be when somebody says to you, ok, if you're going to reduce revenue by $4. trillion, you're not going to tell us one loophole you'd close, you're not going to run up the deficit or taxes on the middle class. >> very quickly -- >> no, no. it goes back to bill clinton. >> there was a story out yesterday that that claim is fiction because you don't count the loophole closing. >> what looph
of the bahamas right now. it's a category 1 hurricane with its sights set squarely on the united states. sandy has the chance to make a major impact on the east coast from virginia up through new england and into next week. that storm blamed for 21 deaths, 11 of them in cuba. sandy hit with sustained winds of 110 miles per hour. she hit a trail of destruction, especially in the country's second largest city, santiago de cuba. the president, raul castro, expected to assess the damage in person today. >> storm is already whipping up big waves in south florida. winds were clocked yesterday between 30 and 40 miles per hour. by this afternoon, meteorologists expect to see wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour. right now parts of the sunshine state are under a tropical storm warning. >> utility companies all along the eastern seaboard already working to prevent power failures. workers on alert from florida to new england. in our area, dominion virginia power stocking trucks with supplies, monitoring the forecast as well. pepco contractors are on what's called a freeze mode, meaning they're not allowed
of the countries of the united states depends on for oil venezuela which has been ruled for 14 years president hugo chavez. he's facing a challenge of his power. it's a high stakes race people are watching very closely. we have our report from caracus. >> reporter: voters say today's election will determine how the oil population of the world uses its well. if hugo chavez wins another presidential third term, it will help his agenda. chavez says he uses exports to benefit the poor. voters love chavez because he gives them low cost housing and food. >> chavez has the interest of the people. >> reporter: pollsters say he has a good shot at victory. at 40, he's young, energetic, and some say, sexy. what does an election here in south america mean to the united states? oil experts say the oil here in venezuela will impact how much we as americans pay in gas. >> if chavez gets reelected, i suppose we'll see lower crude oil sales to the u.s. and that's going to cost the consumer more money for their gasoline. >> reporter: today most ralliers rallied tweeting, get out the votes. street cry is rampant and
an ongoing situation for the united states. >> reporter: in fact, it was all benghazi, benghazi, and that is really the reason, the romney campaign attacking the white house on foreign policy, they believe that the white house is lacking in the foreign policies. they worry that the al-qaeda affiliates were active in the campaign militias. daryl issa is holding hearings this wednesday, focusing in part on this e-mail from the embassy in tripoli, last february, asking to leave a special team in libya for another four months. the commander of that team will reportedly testify that ambassador chris stevens, who of course died in the raid, wanted to keep the team even longer but of course was let down. the 16 member team was replace by a smaller unit of agents, it is not clear how long they stayed security agents stayed. tonight, they say the original tonight, they say the original team was being fazed out as libya teams took over, and could not have prevented the fatal attack in benghazi. the top terrorism official is on his way to libya to make his own assessment tomorrow. so you c
that it agreed to negotiate about its nuclear program directly with the united states. the white house dismissed the same report yesterday. iran says talks are ongoing with an international coalition of six nations that include the u.s., china, and russia, but it says there have been no discussions outside that group. reaction from israel has been mixed with some worrying that iran is only buying time. france's foreign minister said iran could produce a nuclear weapon by early next year. iran shure to be a big topic in tomorrow's debate between president obama and mitt romney. angie goff will be gathering your feedback. to join the conversation, use #dctalks. >>> it's been a long time since metro riders have seen this, working escalators maryland schools are number one in america because we invest in them. but we can do even more. every year marylanders spend five hundred and fifty million dollars at casinos in other states. question 7 keeps that maryland money in maryland through expansion of gaming in maryland. it will mean hundreds of millions of dollars for our schools. as governor, i can pr
overseas and filling our streets over here. >> this war is destroying the united states. >> he scolded his fellow senators who supported it. >> we need to end that war and get on with what are the real problems before the nation. >> it was and an unabashed liberal that the democrats nominated him in 1972, it was snake bit from the start. >> come home to the conviction that we can move our country forward, come home to the belief that we can see a newer world. >> when his running mate missouri senator tom eagle on the revealed he had had electroshock therapy for depression, he came off the ticket. despite the efforts of a young campaign staff, including a young man named bill clinton who ran the effort in texas, on election night george mcgovern was crushed by richard nixon. >> we can see the dimensions of nixon's landslide tonight. >> he didn't even win his home state. a new years later the reagan revolution ended him off and he lost his united states senate seat. >> i leave the senate and the service of south dakota with very deep personal satisfaction. >> after such crushing defeat he ke
in the united states, that have gone through the elementary school, high school, and they're willing to support the united states. it's their home. >> they don't know any different. >> yeah, this is their home. if we're going to penalize these kids for being here, which they don't know they're here. they just this is their every day living, we have to give them a chance. they could be the next eng noer that takes us to the next experiment that will ep us with cancer, let's give them a chance, because none of us are just an expert on anything. there are also people going from the united states to different countries, where they're very appreciated. in that case, we have to give them the same reciprocity for going into another country, and these kids don't know anything but that this is their home. >> on this particular issue, it doesn't seem as equally divided as some of the other referendum issues. >> it's a situation like others where they're not necessarily partisan issues. people in both parties with gambling and same sex marriage that disagree. it's hard to handicap, and i suspect it will p
, so there was really no danger. but they say he was intent when he first came to the united states to carry out some kind of terror attack of the he considered many attacks, spouted off at one point about wanting to kill the president. decided on some target in new york, some financial target. scouted out the new york stock exchange. and then settled on the building you're seeing the pictures of now, the federal government bank. he actually went along with this undercover guy who provided him, whatexplosives. assembled the bomb, drove it down to the federal reserve bank, went to a hotel room nearby and repeatedly dialed the cell phone number that he thought would set off the bomb. but of course, the whole thing was inert. as soon as he dialed the number, they arrested him. >> do we know any more about this guy, about what led him to this? >> he's from bangladesh. he's 21 years old, came to the united states in january, as i say, on a student visa. appears to have wanted to commit jihad from the moment he got here. there's no indication he was doing anything other than acting alone.
. we agree. that means we need to stop digging by electing mitt romney the next president of the united states. >> reporter: that's the kind of zinger sure to be heard at debate number one. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news, denver, colorado. >>> of course tonight nbc is going to have complete coverage of this first presidential debate. it will be anchored by brian williams along with the best political team in the business. it all starts at 9:00 p.m. eastern, 6:00 p.m. pacific. >>> elsewhere, a judge in pennsylvania has blocked the state's stricter voter i.d. law from taking effect this november. after weeks of protests, the ruling means voters in pennsylvania will not have to show a state approved i.d. to cast ballots on election day. the judge said he was concerned that the law could prevent some people from voting. stricter voter i.d. laws in four states remain, but tougher laws in at least six other states were either shelved or watt terd down. florida, ohio and of course now pennsylvania. >>> american airlines now says it knows why passenger seats broke loose causing a pair of emerge
. >>> hours after arriving in the united states, five terror suspects pleaded not guilty today in federal court. suspects fought extradition from england for years. today they were charged with recruiting terrorists and providing terrorist groups with money and equipment. four of the five men pleaded not guilty'sthe fifth suspect did not enter a plea but it charged with attempting to set up a terrorist training camp in oregon. all of the men face up to life in prison if convicted. >>> pope benedict's former butler found guilty today of stealing thousands of vatican documents including some of the pope's private letters alleging corruption within the church. poolo was sentenced to 18 months in prison. he'll begin serving time under house arrest and many expect him to be pardoned by pope benedict. gabriela does not feel like a heave and did what he did out of love for the church. >>> back here at home, metro riders will soon see controversial ads at several stations. the ads from the american freedom defense initiative suggest radical islamists are savages. metro tried to delay putting them
? >> reporter: republicans pounced. >> we agreed. we need to elect mitt romney the next president of the united states. >> reporter: in person absentee voting is already under way. early voeting going only in other states. both sides know tomorrow's debate could be the last one some voters see. >> i think it's an opportunity for governor romney to flush out these issues face-to-face. >> he's very good at explaining what's going on, what he's proposing, what he has done. and i don't think there's anything to worry about. >> reporter: or does he? the latest poll shows the head-to-head race tightening a bit with president obama still on top. but on a key issue of the economy, a potentially revealing shift that could help the president. 57% believe they think the economy is recovering, the largest number seen so far in this campaign. >> nbc news will have live team coverage and analysis that will begin at 9:00 tomorrow night. and we invite you to stay tuned for news 4 at 11:00. >> the redskins team ownership endorsed question 7 today. they say the project would mean new jobs and more money for scho
>> the cost of war. the united states reaches a somber milestone in the war in afghanistan. >> gearing up, president obama and mitt romney prepare for their first debate. a show down in denver this wednesday. >>> and on the record, are arnold schwarzenegger opens up on "60 minutes" about the affair that produce ad son and ended his marriage. >> it was the stupidest thing i've done in the whole relationship. >> this is the "cbs morning news" for monday, october 1, 2012. >>> good morning. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. this morning in afghanistan the taliban is claiming responsibility for a suicide attack that killed at least 14 people, including three nato service members. a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle rammed into a patrol. americans have a large presence there. nato is trying to sort out a weekend attack in afghanistan that left two americans dead. the casualties push the number of u.s. personnel killed in afghanistan to 2,000. the circumstances of saturday's violence remains unclear but a fire fight broke out at a checkpoint in eastern afghanistan. what nat
including some people who were undecided in their room thought he was trude the president of the united states and rude to the moderator and just pushy -- chris: by the way -- >> also obama was trying to look steely. chris: women like robotic husbands. would you move the couch? would you take out the trash? >> he's not going to win on women's issues. the only way he can say is i don't represent this special interest, i represent the national interest. to me it's cringe inducing to play the target there. chris: when we come back, scoops and predictions. tell me something i don't know. president obama: i'm barack obama and i approve... this message. anncr: victims. dependent. that's what mitt romney called forty-seven percent... of americans. including people on medicare. but what about his plan for you? romney would replace guaranteed benefits with a voucher system. seniors could pay six thousand dollars more a year. a plan aarp says would undermine medicare. you're no victim...you earned your benefits. don't let mitt romney take them away. chris: welcome back. mike, tell me something i
of the united states. only 840 miles away. it's going to brush bermuda with pretty strong winds during the next 24 hours, but it's going to stay away from the east coast. only some large waves and wells. today's forecast, a very quiet day across the country. there are some showers in new england and also minnesota and wisconsin. it will be very windy in the next two days. montana into the dakotas. we'll get showers with that storm in the midwest come your wednesday. overall, looks good for everyone's travel in the next two days. >>> bill, thanks so much. now for some entertainment news. word is ricky gervais is out, tina faye and ricky polar is in. they will host the 70th annual golden globe awards on january 13th right here on nbc. fey has won two golden globes for "30 rock" while polar received a nomination last year for "parks and recreation." >>> the rolling stones are hitting the road in honor of their 50th anniversary. on youtube they announced two shows in november and two december shows in newark. new jersey. >>> president obama said he's confident feuding "american idol" judges will so
, freer, and a more prosperous middle east allied with the united states. i share this hope, but hope is not a strategy. we cannot support our friends and defeat our enemies in the middle east when our words are not backed up by deeds." today president obama will wrap up a two-day fund-raising trip in california. yesterday he spoke at a fund-raising concert with performances by john bon jovi and katy perry. and he attended a fund-raising dinner. >>> virginia's u.s. senate candidates will hold their second debate today. republican george allen and democrat tim kaine will square off in richmond. a recent wall street journal/marist poll shows tim kaine pulling ahead. david gregory moderated the debate last month. >>> today a warning that china's two leading technology firms pose a major security concern to the u.s. there's a live look at the capitol. after a year long investigation, the panel is warning the government, as well as private businesses, to avoid poway technologies and zte corporation. those companies are among the world's leading telecommunications companies. both deny posin
the program only works if someone has a criminal history. >> if someone comes to the united states illegally and they're apprehended for the first time, secure communities will not have that person in their database, and that person will not be identified as an illegal alien. under 287g, law enforcement personnel determined whether that person is here legally or not. >> the county says it nabbed 5,000 illegal immigrants under 287g the. the board wants i.c.e. to extend the program another two years. >>> the fairfax county board of supervisors voted on a plan that will force land owners and developers in tysons to pay for billions of dollars of transportation improvements to transform the area into a more vibrant community. taxpayers will pay 8% more in real estate taxes. the county will vote on establishing that tax district this year or early next year. >>> we could find out when drivers will be able to use the express toll lanes on the beltway. virginia transportation officials plan to discuss developments of the project and the opening date later today. the project is in the final phase of
the united states. >> reporter: the soldiers have spent the last ten months in afghanistan. it was tough at times for wives like lamonica. she and her husband have nine children together. >> just trying to maintain stability at home with the family, it's been rough. >> reporter: but when her husband stepped off the bus, those troubles faded away and the future was immediately brighter. >> i feel like i was -- i just exhaled, you know. i feel like i'm more relaxed now and things will be better that my husband is home. >> it feels good. i mean, i don't really know how to describe it, but it's like a weight is lifted off my shoulders. i have been gone for so long and i miss everybody. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: the unit of 70 soldiers managed a dining facility, mail operations, and logistics and conducted personnel convoys and security details at bagram air base. the woman who made this banner for her daughter could not hold back the tears. what did you miss most? >> just her. >> reporter: emotional moment? >> yes. >> reporter: what's it like to be home? >> it feels good. i'm happ
that will cover all four time zones in the couldn't nen tall united states and more than 5,000 miles in a single day. then he heads to denver and l.a. for a taping of the "tonight show." he flies eastward for a rally in las vegas. romney got a gruelling day of campaigning in as well. he will visit reno, nevada, then iowa and three stops in ohio today. this mad dash to election day comes to our backyard later this week. both campaigns are focusing on one of the most crucial and hotly contested states, that's virginia. aaron gilchrist has more on the blitz from the news 4 super screen. aaron? >> virginia is going to be a major focus for both campaigns. if there was a doubt how important it was, the next four days should prove its weight. the president, mitt romney and both running mates will make eight stops over the next few days. this starts tomorrow in richmond where the president will hold a rally at bird park. the doors open around 9:00. richmond will host romney on sunday. it's the first stop of a three-city tour for the republican. he will visit virginia at battlefield high school. he will
forward. now it is my distinct honor to introduce the president of the united states. i wouldn't want his job, right? ladies and gentlemen, president barack obama. [ cheers and applause ]
for the continuing vital rule of the united states senate and the governance of our democracy. >> arlen specter was 82. >>> we turn now to that outbreak of meningitis cases tied to steroid injections from a pharmacy in massachusetts. today the cdc said the number of cases has risen to 205 in 14 states. all this is bringing new scrutiny to a specialized part of the pharmacy industry. we get more from nbc's senior investigative correspondent lisa myers. >> she was the type of person that everyone loved. she was dynamic, she was loving. >> reporter: george carol's wife was getting what she thought was a routine steroid injection for back pain and it killed her. it turns out the company that compounded the drug -- in 2002 and 2003, the f -- in 2004 a man died from a contaminated injection, necc settled the lawsuit. in 2006, the fda issued a warning left for necc to stop marketing the cream. they produced thousands of doses of the steroid. >> when was the last time either the food and drug administration or the massachusetts board of pharmacy were visiting this business and looking carefully at what
, if they wanted to eject the current president of the united states and take a bet on someone they don't know very well. that's the final thing. mitt romney is way behind president obama in popularity. and that's his challenge tonight. mitt romney has to come out here tonight and try to be nice, and affable and likable and get past that 47% comment that he made, which seemed to be writing off half of the american voters. at the same time he's got to be tough and aggressive and try to rattle president obama. and that is a very hard combination. >> all right. andrea mitchell, always good to hear your comments on this. and you are joining the team coverage for tonight's big debate showdown coming up on "nightly news" with brian williams. >> thanks. >> thank you. >>> would you be willing to pay an extra buck or two per month to reduce the chance of power outages during storms? well, martin o'malley believes residents will say yes. he said we should allow utilities to pay for upgrades. this is part of the search for solutions after a june storm cut power for days. the companies would have to meet stric
fires happen all too often in the united states. >> six people die every day, every day in the united states from home fires. the big difference that smoke alarms make is significant. fatalities can be cut in half by consumers who install fire alarms in their house. >> the cpsc says to install them on every level of your home and inside each bedroom. a fire escape plan that you and your family develop and practice will also help to keep you safe. >>> now on to a new way to stay educated on the latest scams that conartists use. the better business union launched the bbb with new resources on how to stop fraud. we have warn but fake check scams, employment scams and lottery scams in the past. and this new site will provide tips and information to avoid becoming a victim. users can also sign up to receive free scam alerts and can file complaints on the site about scams. you can visit nbc washington.com and search scam stopper to find that bbb western union site. >>> finally, you'll be able to get the calorie count of your favorite sodas right on the buttons of your vending machines. the
be lowered. >> there are too many fires in the united states. too many fires. they happen every minute every day. as chief mitchell said, six people die every couple minutes here in this united states from a fire. that's a tragedy. >> reporter: barbara and keith, we said at the top of the broadcast here and we are going to say it again, the number one thing, smoke detectors. make sure you have them and the batteries work. have them in every room of your home. it's the most important thing you can do. that is the key to survival. tonetone, news 4. >> thank you so much. >>> another death is linked to the meningitis outbreak. the center for disease control says at least 105 people got sick from the rare fungal infection. two deaths in maryland and virginia. the outbreak has health officials saying it's linked to steroid use for back pain. the cdc expects the number of cases to continue to rise. >> the incubation period of this illness is prolonged. it's up to a month. we expect new cases around the country for several weeks. >> symptoms for fungal meningitis include fever, stiff neck, nausea an
time. >>> all right, so if you're wondering where the manliest city in the united states is -- >> it isn't here. sorry, guys, it ain't new york. >> they did the study and the way they narrowed it down, found the places with the most gyms, steakhouses, home depots and the ones with the least number of manicure and pedicure places and hair salons. here are the top five manliest cities in the united states of america. >> number five is birmingham, alabama. >> number four is nashville, tennessee. >> i love myself some nashville. >> number three. >> memphis, which is a lot like nashville. >> number two is columbia, south carolina. >> are you noticing a southern trend? >> yes. and number one, the manliest city in the country is, oklahoma city, oklahoma. >> wow. >> okay. there you have it. anything? >> my wife is from there. >> thank y for that. >> is she rather manly? >> no! no, i did not! i said my wife is from there. i was about to say, she knows manly men, that's why she chose me. >> why did she leave the manliest city in america to come to new jersey and marry you? >> becau
to the gates of hell if need be. and lastly, the president of the united states has led with a steady hand and clear vision. governor romney, the opposite. the last thing we need now is another war. >> congressman ryan. >> we mourn the loss of these four americans who were murdered. when you take a look at what has happened just in the last few weeks, they sent the u.n. ambassador out to say that this was because of a protest and a youtube video. it took the president two weeks to acknowledge that this was a terrorist attack. he went to the u.n. and in his speech at the u.n., he said six times, he talked about the youtube video. look, if we are hit by terrorists, we're going to call it for what it is, a terrorist attack. our ambassador in paris has a marine detachment guarding him. shouldn't we have a marine detachment guarding our ambassador in benghazi, a place where we knew that there was an al qaeda cell with arms? this is becoming more troubling by the day. they first blamed the youtube video. now they're trying to blame the romney/ryan ticket for making this an issue. and with respec
university in athens at 6:00. >> please welcome the next president of the united states, governor mitt romney. >> virginia governor bob mcdonnell introduced mitt romney today in chesapeake, virginia. clearly a part of romney's campaign strategy. he will attend a rally in leadsburg tonight. his running mate paul ryan was in fredericksburg today. >>> the debate was the top political event of all-time in social media. the confrontations between candidates often stretch the truth. today we are fact checking the debate. here's nbc's dawn timmeny. >> presidential debate round two provided plenty of lively moments and once again both candidates were making false claims and misleading attacks. first, the exchange about september's embassy attacks in benghazi. governor romney questioned the president, calling it an act of terror. >> you said in the rose garden the day after the attack it was an act of terror. it was not a spontaneous demonstration. >> please proceed, governor. >> i want to make sure we get that for the record. it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in benghazi an ac
the united states, including in chinese companies. mr. president, have you looked at your pension? >> i've got to say -- >> mr. president, have you looked at your pension? >> i don't look at my pension. it's not as big as yours, so it doesn't take as long. >> let me give you some advice. >> the third and final presidential debate will take place next monday in boca raton, florida. >> if the next debate will be remembered as the big bird debate, the next one will be the binder debate. governor romney talked about how he accepted women for his cabinet as governor of massachusetts. >> all the applicants seemed to be men. and i said, how come these people are all men? and they said, these are the people who have qualifications. i said, gosh, can't we find women who are also qualified? we took a concerted effort to find women who had backgrounds to become qualified to be members of our cabinet. i went to a number of women's groups and said, can you help us find folks? they brought us binders full of women. >> within machines, someone created the twitter handle called romney binders. it has 3
know this morning. at least 16 deaths are now being blamed on the storm here in the united states. >> early estimates put the damage somewhere between $10 billion and $20 billion. that would make it one of the costliest storms in u.s. history, and more than 7 million people are now without power across the entire regions. >> hundreds of thousands of those outages are height here in new york city. lower manhattan hit by a record storm surge of 13 feet. it has flooded streets and the ground zero construction site. just look at the dramatic photo taken there overnight. >> some subway stations and tunnels are flooded as well. transit officials say the system has, quote, never faced a disas ter as devastating as this, end quote. during the height of the storm, the island of manhattan was virtually cut off with almost all of the major bridges and tunnels shut down. we've got the storm covered this morning. let's start with natalie morales in lower manhattan in battery park city. natalie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, matt. as we are just waking up, millions are to real
a superintendent for 30 some years at many different park service units across the united states. the only time i've ever had a break is when i was on maternity leave. i have retired from doing this one thing that i loved. now, i'm going to be able to have the time to explore something different. it's like another chapter. >>> finally here tonight, since our first days on earth, we've sat on lawns and beaches and benches and looked skyward and wondered what it must be like to be up there and while we long ago learned to fly ourselves with the help of engines and alloys and electronics sitting in seats that are bolted to the floor, knowing what a bird's life is like, what the world must look like to them has eluded us until now. >> it is a wish as old as time. for man to soar like a bird. >> our cameras revealed how hard and fast the snow goose has to flap. >> in a new documentary by john downer, we get as close as we've ever come. >> the story was set out to tell was of the continent, but in the end, it told a lot more than that. the world is much more interconnected that you think. >> where did
for his brothers in arms. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> i hereby place united states ship michael murph ney commission. >> reporter: the newest destroyer in the navy fleet is named after navy s.e.a.l. michael murphy killed in 2005 while fighting one of the fiercest battles in nas.e.a.l. history. >> it bears the name of a great american. >> reporter: lieutenant murphy was the leader of a four-man team on a reconnaissance mission. the s.e.a.l.s came across three goat herders, but despite the risk they would betray the s.e.a.l.s presence to the taliban and murphy ordered them released and not killed. >> wouldn't even cross his mind to injure a noncombatant. >> reporter: as feared, the taliban were tipped off and attacked. his team outnumbered 10-1, fought back. they radioed for backup, but in a selfless act to save his men, murphy moved into the open, immediately drawing enemy fire to make a desperate call for help. >> he took two rounds to the back and dropped down and sat back up, picked the phone back up and started talking again. >> reporter: 19 servicemen died that day. >> it is your teammate who la
as i'm president of the united states, iran will not get a nuclear weapon. >> a nuclear iran and nuclear capable iran is unacceptable to america. >> i will stand with israel if they are attacked. >> we will stand with israel. if israel is attacked, we have their back. >> reporter: one of the few times mr. romney went hard at the president referred to this private remark caught on tape earlier this year between president obama and dmitri m medved medvedev. >> i'm not going to wear rose colored glasses when it comes to russia or mr. putin. i'm not going to say to him, i'll give you more flexibility after the election. >> the president got traction responding to this frequent attack line from mr. romney. >> the president began an apology tour of going to various nations in the middle east and criticizing america. and by the way, you skipped israel our closest friend in the region. you went to the other nations. >> when i went to israel as a candidate, i didn't take donors. i didn't attend fund-raisers. >> reporter: perhaps the most memorable push back on the night this one. >> o
of the united states. and certainly, lower manhattan. we want to briefly show you a very rare sight, a live picture, and the -- hurricane force winds are rocking the camera back and forth. here we are, 6:44 eastern time. and that is something you don't see often. a desolate times square. again, the island o manhattan, all but shut off. no way in, n way out. not even underground transportation is running, cabs are impossible to find. everyone is, as they say, sheltering in place. we'll take a break, when we come back, we'll check in with lester holt covering the southern end of hurricane sandy tonight. and a dramatic rescue we witnessed today. years ago, my doctor told me to take a centrum silver multivitamin every day. i told him, sure. can't hurt, right? then i heard this news about a multivitamin study looking at long-term health benefits for men over 50. the one they used in that study... centrum silver. that's what i take. my doctor! he knows his stuff. [ male announcer ] centrum. the most recommended. most preferred. most studied. centrum always your most complete. begins with back pai
've worked with people on both sides of the aisle, as governor as well as the united states senator, on everything from internet access to screening of newborn babies. and nanotechnology. >> the candidates' final debate will take place next week at virginia tech. >>> the airwaves are already filled with ads on the expanded gambling debate in maryland. now the fight over same-sex marriage is coming to your tv too. >> everyone is entitled to love and respect. but nobody is entitled to redefine marriage. vote against question 6. >> that is the first ad from the maryland marriage alliance which opposes same-sex marriage. question 6 on the state's ballot. marylanders for marriage equality will begin airing ads in support of the question starting tomorrow. they watched monday night football last night to raise money for question 6. maryland, maine, and washington state are all holding referendums next month. >>> today is the last day d.c. residents can register to vote by mail. people on must postmark voter registration applications by today. applications are available online and at publi
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